European Data Protection Digest

Parliament May Reintroduce Retention Directive

PRIVACY LAW—CZECH REPUBLIC

June 14, 2012

PC World reports the Czech Parliament is considering reintroducing the Data Retention Directive, which was repealed by the nation’s constitutional court in March 2011 and has been deemed unconstitutional in some EU member states. The directive would see telecoms and ISPs collecting and retaining communications data for law enforcement purposes. Currently police have access to data kept for other purposes. One privacy advocate says that while police claim data retention is “more or less an essential tool,” a recent study contradicts that notion. The study showed that a tenfold drop in the number of information requests had “virtually no effect on the detection of crime,” said Jan Voboril with Luridicum Remedium.
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